Rather than adding more comments to my thread in the GMM 2012 group, I’d like to use this place to talk about the digit system I’m working on.
First of all, as I mentioned in the original thread, I had originally planned to try building a 3-3-3 PAO, but discovered a lot of problems due to its sheer size. Any phonetic system (and I tried a few variants including a couple I invented based on phoneme frequency) starts to have sparseness even at the second level, let alone the third. This is what motivated Josh to start using other languages to fill in his Ben system. Although strictly adhering to the phonetic plan is certainly not required, the more pegs you have that are not phonetic, the harder the system is to learn. One thing I’ve learned however, is not to be too rigid when thinking about these things, and just let the brain do what it wants. The main problem with a large system is learning it well enough to get it up to speed. Just getting a small system up to speed is like playing whack-a-mole. One day most of your images are coming very fast and there are a few that are a problem and take many seconds, and so you rehearse those more and then the next day it’s a different set.
So, let’s cut to the chase since most people here probably just want to see some images I have. I have a 2-2-2-2 system, which gives me 8 digits per locus. It’s a minor upgrade from PAO, but it comes with some special challenges and probably is not suitable for everyone.
1st component: A person
2nd component: An action
3rd component: An object
4th component: A tool
So one can call this a “POAT” or “PATO” system. I like PATO better because it reminds of a fast food chain in Texas I like, El Pato.
Now, a tool is a special kind of object. It’s one that you can directly control with your hands or it could also be a part of your body. And it’s usually not something extremely large or hard to handle. The objects in the 3rd component are less restricted and could be larger. In my system, there is no overlap between tools and objects. They are separate images.
In terms of actions, when building the system they are effectively extracted from tools and factored into their own component. In many cases, there is no single word to describe the action. For example, “stethoscope” is a tool, but “listening for heartbeat as with a stethoscope” is an action. The is no word “stethoscoping” in the English language, but that doesn’t bother me. I know what it is regardless.
Verbing nouns weirds language. -Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes)
Because the actions are closer to the tools they are not logically bound to the persons like Dominic System would stipulate. So my actions have nothing to do with the persons who have the same numerical encoding, as you will see. I don’t particularly see this as a disadvantage.
Before showing the entries, there’s another thing that needs explanation. My encoding is half category/half phonetic. The first digit is a category, and the second is Major system phonetic. I used visual dictionaries to help me come up with the categories, and also some of the images.
0 actresses (drama)
1 actors (drama)
2 actresses (comedy)
3 actors (comedy)
4 female leaders
5 male leaders
6 female cartoon
7 male cartoon
8 female performers
9 male performers
2 scientific or medical instruments
3 power tools
5 leisure activities
6 gardening / farm
8 office supplies
9 body parts
1 air transportation
2 water transportation
3 ground transportation
The actions are not phonetic, but take the category from the tools so they don’t get a seperate listing above. As I mentioned, they are sometimes not easily expressed with single words anyway.
Some actual entries (in PAOT order):
10 = Sean Connery / sawing / seaplane / saw (handsaw)
47 = Condoleeza Rice / shooting arrows (like crossbow) / cloud / crossbow
67 = Cruella de Vil / watering / kangaroo / watering can
60 = Shuan White / headbutting / sunflower / skull
So, the sequence 10101010 becomes:
“Sean Connery is sawing the wings off a seaplane with a handsaw.”
Whereas 10476760 becomes:
“Sean Connery is shooting arrows at a kangroo with skull (that is retrofitted to act as a crossbow).”
And 60671047 becomes:
“Shuan White is watering a seaplane with a crossbow.”
The obvious disadvantage of this system is tools need to morph. If I can’t imagine a watering can or a skull shooting arrows I have a serious problem, for example. Fortunately, this kind of morphing seems almost instantaneous to me.
Anyway, now I have to learn and apply the system. Wish me luck!